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By: Matt Rappa, managing editor

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Philadelphia Phillies (10-10) will look to capture their third consecutive road series win against National League East division opponents as they oppose left-hander Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals (14-5) Wednesday evening at Nationals Park.

Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson will take the mound for his fifth start of the season. The seven-year veteran has surrendered 12 extra-base hits over his past three starts and 13.0 innings pitched — all of which have come against National League East opponents.


Starting Pitching Matchup:

Philadelphia Phillies (10-10) Washington Nationals (14-5)
RHP Jeremy Hellickson LHP Gio Gonzalez
(1-1, 5.21 ERA) (1-0, 1.42 ERA)

Jeremy Hellickson — Age: 29;

  • Last Start: April 20, 2016, vs. NYM: ND, 4.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, BB, 6 SO, 2 HR
  • Career vs. WSN: (0-2), 3 G, 13.1 IP, 16 H, 14 R, 13 ER, 9 BB, 9 SO, 3 HR, 8.78 ERA

Hellickson has allowed at least four earned runs and one home run in each of his three career starts against the Nationals, posting a combined 8.78 ERA and 1.875 WHIP ratio over 13 1/3 innings.

The right-hander's most recent outing against the Nationals came on April 15, when he allowed a season-high six runs — five of which were earned — en route to his first losing decision of the season.

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Gio Gonzalez — Age: 30;

  • Last Start: April 22, 2016, vs. MIN: W, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, 8 SO
  • Career vs. PHI: (8-5), 17 G, 105.1 IP, 90 H, 39 R, 34 ER, 33 BB, 106 SO, 8 HR, 2.91 ERA

Gonzalez — the player to be named later that was included in the December 2005 Jim Thome trade to the Chicago White Sox, who was dealt a year later to the same organization with Gavin Floyd for Freddy Garcia will make his 18th career start against the Phillies on Wednesday.

The left-hander did not make his first start of the season until April 12  16 days removed from his final spring training appearance  due to shifts in the rotation from off-days and a rainout on April 9.

Gonzalez has surrendered just two extra-base hits this season against the 75 batters he has faced overall: a double to first baseman Darin Ruf and a home run to catcher Carlos Ruiz on April 17.


Starting Lineups:

Philadelphia Phillies (10-10) Washington Nationals (14-5)
  Position Player Bats   Position Player Bats
1 CF Odubel Herrera L 1 CF Michael Taylor R
2 SS Freddy Galvis S 2 3B  Anthony Rendon R
3 3B Maikel Franco R 3 RF Bryce Harper L
4 1B Darin Ruf R 4 1B Ryan Zimmerman R
5 C Carlos Ruiz R 5 2B Daniel Murphy L
6 2B Cesar Hernandez S 6 LF Jayson Werth R
7 LF Tyler Goeddel R 7 SS Danny Espinosa S
8 P Jeremy Hellickson R 8 C Jose Lobaton S
9 RF Peter Bourjos R 9 P Gio Gonzalez R

Broadcast Information:

  • First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
  • TV: CSN
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

Game Notes:

  • The Phillies are currently 4.5 games behind the Nationals for first place in the division. At the same point into the season in 2015, they were 8-12 and seven games behind the New York Mets.
  • Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera ranks ninth among National League batters in WAR, 0.9, and second in walks, 19. During his current seven-game hitting streak, Herrera is batting .360/.485/.480 with eight runs, nine hits, one home run, four runs-batted-in and seven walks over 25 at-bats.
  • Two of the Nationals' five losses this season have come against the Phillies — both of which were one-run defeats. Dusty Baker's squad has out-scored and out-hit the Phillies 22-9 and 39-27, respectively this season.

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What's Next:

  • Thursday, April 28, 2016: at Washington Nationals, 4:05 p.m.
    • Nationals Park
    • RHP Aaron Nola (1-2, 4.50 ERA) vs. RHP Tanner Roark (2-2, 2.63 ERA)
    • TV: CSN; Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

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